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Munster vs Scarlets, Fri 12th March 7:35pm; TG4/Eir Sport 2

  • 11-03-2021 12:59pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 45,433 ✭✭✭✭ thomond2006


    Munster:
    Mike Haley; Calvin Nash, Damian de Allende, JJ Hanrahan, Shane Daly; Joey Carbery, Nick McCarthy;
    James Cronin, Niall Scannell, Stephen Archer; Jean Kleyn, Billy Holland (C); Fineen Wycherley, Jack O’Sullivan, Gavin Coombes.

    Replacements: Kevin O’Byrne, Jeremy Loughman, John Ryan, Thomas Ahern, Alex Kendellen, Paddy Patterson, Jack Crowley, Darren Sweetnam.

    Scarlets:
    15 Johnny McNicholl; 14 Tom Prydie, 13 Tyler Morgan, 12 Steff Hughes (capt), 11 Steff Evans; 10 Angus O’Brien, 9 Dane Blacker;
    1 Steffan Thomas, 2 Marc Jones, 3 Pieter Scholtz, 4 Morgan Jones, 5 Sam Lousi, 6 Aaron Shingler, 7 Jac Morgan, 8 Sione Kalamafoni.

    Reps: 16 Taylor Davies, 17 Kemsley Mathias, 18 Alex Jeffries, 19 Tevita Ratuva, 20 Uzair Cassiem, 21 Will Homer, 22 Paul Asquith, 23 Johnny Williams

    Unavailable because of injury
    Dan Jones (concussion), Phil Price (knee), Dan Davis (hamstring), Kieran Hardy (hamstring), Josh Macleod (Achilles), Blade Thomson (concussion), Lewis Rawlins (neck), Tomi Lewis (knee), Samson Lee (concussion), Tom Rogers (knee), Rob Evans (concussion), James Davies (concussion), Danny Drake (ankle), Sam Costelow (ankle), Ryan Conbeer (ankle), Rhys Patchell.

    Unavailable because of international duty
    Ken Owens, Wyn Jones, Jake Ball, Ryan Elias, Gareth Davies, Jonathan Davies, Liam Williams, Leigh Halfpenny.

    No bolters in the starting XV for Munster, but the bench includes Ahern, Kendellen (debut) and Crowley. Given the long list of players missing for Scarlets, I would have hoped for more experimentation particularly in the front row.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 10,429 ✭✭✭✭ Cookiemunster


    From what Larkham said in this weeks press conference it doesn't look like there'll be much experimentation for the next two weeks. Full focus is on building up for the final. I suppose we'll have to wait until the Rainbow Cup to see some of that.


  • Registered Users Posts: 39 sensitive1960


    5 Scarlets players missing with concussion is staggering (excuse the pun)


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,008 ✭✭✭ leakyboots


    Two outhalves starting with Crowley on the bench is very interesting. JJ's form has been more consistent of late this season, that 10-12-13 axis will be fun to watch


  • Registered Users Posts: 45,433 ✭✭✭✭ thomond2006


    From what Larkham said in this weeks press conference it doesn't look like there'll be much experimentation for the next two weeks. Full focus is on building up for the final. I suppose we'll have to wait until the Rainbow Cup to see some of that.

    I'm not liking the selections at TH in particular. Our 3rd and 4th choice options are both available as far as I'm aware and they've 48 minutes between them since the New Year.
    leakyboots wrote: »
    Two outhalves starting with Crowley on the bench is very interesting. JJ's form has been more consistent of late this season, that 10-12-13 axis will be fun to watch

    Carbery needs to get minutes alongside DDA and JJ was due a game too.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,008 ✭✭✭ leakyboots


    From what Larkham said in this weeks press conference it doesn't look like there'll be much experimentation for the next two weeks. Full focus is on building up for the final. I suppose we'll have to wait until the Rainbow Cup to see some of that.

    No idea what he's on about, there's a good bit of experimenting going on in that squad!


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  • Registered Users Posts: 20,610 ✭✭✭✭ phog


    JJ starting with Joey is worth a look, see how creative they be playing together.

    Sean Gallagher is the ref.


  • Registered Users Posts: 45,433 ✭✭✭✭ thomond2006


    phog wrote: »
    JJ starting with Joey is worth a look, see how creative they be playing together.

    Sean Gallagher is the ref.

    I think it's a case of getting both players match fit and looking at the possibility of looking elsewhere for bench cover other than Scannell.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,795 ✭✭✭ Digifriendly


    Dead rubber for Munster although Scarlets are battling to be in CC next season. I have lost interest in last 2 rounds of matches. Looking forward to final though.


  • Registered Users Posts: 20,610 ✭✭✭✭ phog


    I think it's a case of getting both players match fit and looking at the possibility of looking elsewhere for bench cover other than Scannell.

    There's that too but JJ is probably more creative than Scannell in looose play but probably softer on defence than him.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,366 ✭✭✭ yerrahbah


    That's a lot of lineout options

    Patterson will be hoping he actually gets off the bench this time


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  • Registered Users Posts: 10,429 ✭✭✭✭ Cookiemunster


    leakyboots wrote: »
    No idea what he's on about, there's a good bit of experimenting going on in that squad!
    It's a lot closer to full strength than many were expecting. The front row and replacements for example could have been totally rotated. Ahern could have started in teh second row. Haley starting at 15 again, when Daly or Sweetnam could easily start there.

    The only real experiment is the center partnership.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,008 ✭✭✭ leakyboots


    It's a lot closer to full strength than many were expecting. The front row and replacements for example could have been totally rotated. Ahern could have started in teh second row. Haley starting at 15 again, when Daly or Sweetnam could easily start there.

    The only real experiment is the center partnership.

    Backrow and subs too. I agree about changing it up a bit more but it's still an interesting lineup


  • Registered Users Posts: 45,433 ✭✭✭✭ thomond2006


    With Carbery and JJ likely to play the majority of the game, I'd hope the Benetton game is used to give Crowley and Flannery a start. Haley will be due a rest as tomorrow will be his 4th consecutive start.


  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators Posts: 17,014 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Henry Ford III


    phog wrote: »
    There's that too but JJ is probably more creative than Scannell in looose play but probably softer on defence than him.

    Yes but Scannell hasn't been at his best in that respect either recently. I hope JJ makes his tackles.


  • Registered Users Posts: 9,026 ✭✭✭ nerd69


    It's a lot closer to full strength than many were expecting. The front row and replacements for example could have been totally rotated. Ahern could have started in teh second row. Haley starting at 15 again, when Daly or Sweetnam could easily start there.

    The only real experiment is the center partnership.

    And the bench kendellans only 19 i think. Crowley has what 2 caps? Ahern has about 5 and patterson has none.

    In the team nash is 23, jj is starting 12, joey is starting his first game back, the back row is all 22/23,

    It's fairly widely acknowledged that throwing out an academy team does nobody any favours so that was never on the cards.

    Also holland deserves to start the last few games they will mean more to him than anyone


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,024 bayern


    nerd69 wrote: »
    And the bench kendellans only 19 i think. Crowley has what 2 caps? Ahern has about 5 and patterson has none.

    In the team nash is 23, jj is starting 12, joey is starting his first game back, the back row is all 22/23,

    It's fairly widely acknowledged that throwing out an academy team does nobody any favours so that was never on the cards.

    Also holland deserves to start the last few games they will mean more to him than anyone

    Kendellan is 20 fyi


  • Registered Users Posts: 45,433 ✭✭✭✭ thomond2006


    Whoops. KO is 8pm tonight, not 7:35pm.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,366 ✭✭✭ yerrahbah


    Weather looks crap.
    Might be an arm wrestle


  • Registered Users Posts: 45,433 ✭✭✭✭ thomond2006


    Hopefully the pack can handle Scarlets. Leinster's pack decimated them a few weeks ago.


  • Moderators, Arts Moderators Posts: 33,061 Mod ✭✭✭✭ pickarooney


    Trying to remember where I saw Kendellan before


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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,270 ✭✭✭ theVersatile


    Trying to remember where I saw Kendellan before

    PBC Senior Cup
    Ireland U18 Schools Five Nations (shown on Eir a couple years ago) - Captain
    Munster A


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,270 ✭✭✭ theVersatile


    Perhaps not the ideal day to be trialling a new innovative 10-12 dual playmaker axis :D

    Scarlets coach is a very Kiwi sounding individual.


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,364 ✭✭✭✭ Del.Monte


    Is this on the TG4 Player - mine is blank?


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,595 ✭✭✭✭ Beechwoodspark


    Woeful weather down there at the moment

    Sheets of rain and fairly windy


  • Registered Users Posts: 45,433 ✭✭✭✭ thomond2006


    Perhaps not the ideal day to be trialling a new innovative 10-12 dual playmaker axis :D

    Leather. Off. Kick. Ball.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,595 ✭✭✭ randomname2005


    I wonder if that kick off was deliberate or is the weather that bad?


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,008 ✭✭✭ leakyboots


    In all my years I never knew ducks 'chirped', thanks Liam


  • Registered Users Posts: 37,978 irishbucsfan


    leakyboots wrote: »
    In all my years I never knew ducks 'chirped', thanks Liam

    Hahahaha came here to say the same thing!


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,270 ✭✭✭ theVersatile


    Jesus, the ground really done Carbery there. He dealt with it cool as you like in fairness! Good line speed from Coombes to cut off the overlap afterwards

    EDIT: And a sár kick from Joey


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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,008 ✭✭✭ leakyboots


    Lovely kick, welcome back Joey!


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